Star Wars Fan Used More Than 100,000 LEGO Bricks to Recreate The Last Jedi's Final Battle

Lucasfilm, Disney
Lucasfilm, Disney

Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi premiered more than 13 months ago—which was just enough time for Richmond, Virginia college student David Hall to build an epic tribute to one of the film's most memorable scenes. According to Gizmodo, Hall's LEGO recreation of the Battle of Crait, which he began in late 2017 and completed earlier this year, took more than 100,000 LEGO bricks to build.

The LEGO master showed off his final product in a tweet that's been liked more than 14,500 times. His model includes all the important components from the movie's climax, from the towering First Order Heavy Assault Walkers to the cracked salt layer covering the planet's red soil. There's even a spacecraft suspended by transparent blocks to give it the appearance of flying through the air.

Over the year-plus it took Hall to build the battle scene, he documented the whole process on YouTube. You can see the big reveal in his finale video below, and then check out his channel Solid Brix Studios for more videos that focus on individual elements like the trenches and the mountains.

Hall isn't the first builder to use LEGO to express his love of Star Wars. In 2007, LEGO's 5197-piece Millennium Falcon become one of their most complex sets ever (it costs $800), and at the 2016 Toy Fair, the LEGO Group revealed life-sized LEGO statues of Captain Phasma, Finn, and Poe Dameron.

Since 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of LEGO's first Star Wars sets, on April 1, 2019, the company is also releasing redesigned versions of several of the most popular Star Wars sets in LEGO history, along with retro minifigures from the year each set was first released.

[h/t Gizmodo]

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.

Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]